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Michael K. Merz, MD

Michael K. Merz, MD

Joint Replacement

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Preservation and Replacement Specialist

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill

Dr. Merz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University before attending medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After finishing medical school, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In his final year of residency, he served as the administrative chief resident.

Dr. Merz completed two fellowships after residency – adult reconstruction and hip preservation. He was an Otto E. Aufranc fellow in adult reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he had extensive training in primary and revision total hip and knee surgeries as well as partial knee replacement. Due to his specific interest in the hip, Dr. Merz completed a second fellowship in hip preserving surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He had comprehensive training with leaders in the field in hip conditions for patients from birth through middle age that included both arthroscopy and osteotomies of the pelvis and femur. Specific conditions that he treats include: hip dysplasia (DDH), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) or hip impingement, hip labral tears, Perthes disease, avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip, femoral anteversion, and congenital hip dislocation. Dr. Merz has a great interest and passion for preventing arthritis of the hip joint through hip preservation.

When treating patients, Dr. Merz offers a comprehensive approach that involves patients in the discussion of the risks and benefits associated with surgical versus nonsurgical treatment. When surgery is required, he incorporates less invasive techniques to minimize discomfort and improve recovery time.

In addition to general orthopedics his specific areas of surgical expertise are:

• Hip arthroscopy
• Bernese periacetabular osteotomy (PAO)
• Anterior hip replacement
• Total and partial knee replacement
• Revision hip and knee replacement
• Computer or robotically assisted joint replacement
• Proximal femoral osteotomies
• Knee arthroscopy
• Fracture care of the hip, knee and pelvis

Dr. Merz sees patients of all ages and operates primarily at North Carolina Specialty Hospital, EmergeOrtho Surgery Center and Duke Regional Hospital. He additionally has privileges at Granville Medical Center.

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  • Undergraduate Education: Baylor University
  • Medical School: The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Medicine, San Antonio
  • Residency: University of Illnois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Fellowship:
    • Otto E. Aufranc Fellow in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital
    • Hip Preservation Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
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I have been dealing with a job injury for two years. Finally saw Dr. Merz as a second opinion, and he has squared me away without a hitch. Just now ready to start physical therapy after surgery. Dr. Merz’s office staff is also an absolute joy to work with from check in, to check out.

David M


Awesome Doctor. Very informative, answered any questions I had regarding my hip replacement. Very good bedside manner. I would recommend him to anyone.

Christian H


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